Have you ever thought of making money from your web host rather than paying?
Yes, it’s possible. I’ve been doing it for a while with HostGator Affiliate Program. In fact, my journey with affiliate marketing started with HostGator.
A few years back, I was checking an income report of Harsh Agrawal. I was stunned to see him making money from HostGator while I was paying HostGator every month. Then I came to know about HostGator Affiliate Program.
I quickly started promoting HostGator and get my first affiliate sale within 6 months. Now I am making more than $1000 every month from HostGator.
Today I’ll be sharing some tips and tricks to make money with HostGator Affiliate Program. Let’s first talk about HostGator first.
HostGator is an award-winning web hosting provider that has been in business since 2012. It became very popular for its affordable web hosting solution. Whether you are a blogger or business owner, HostGator has a plan for you. That makes it easier to promote it.
Giving A Test Drive On HostGator
One of the common affiliate marketing mistakes is, promoting a product or service that you haven’t used or tested. When you don’t have the first-hand experience of a product/service, you won’t be able to suggest the product/service confidently.
Here’s good news for you. HostGator is so confident about the services that it lets you try their service for almost free for one month. You have just to pay 1 cent to prove that you are not a spammer.
Just follow this promo link and sign up for HostGator for only $0.01!
You can cancel your account within 30 days without paying any penny. But I’d recommend you to stick with HostGator if you want to promote it seriously. HostGator offers free website transfer. If you are on another web host, HostGator will transfer your account for free.
Now let’s see how you can get started with HostGator Affiliate Program.
Getting Started With HostGator Affiliate Program
Joining HostGator Affiliate Program is free. You don’t need to have a hosting account to be able to enter the program. Here’s how you can do that.
Just go to HostGator Affiliate Page and click on “Sign Up Free” button.
On the next page, you need to enter your account, personal, tax information, etc. HostGator Affiliate Program is powered by Impact Radius. If you already own an Impact Radius Account, just click on “I already have an account”.
If you don’t have an Impact Radius account, just provide all the information correctly.
On the review page, you can see all the affiliate information. Just scroll down and click on “I approve the Insertion Order and want to continue”.
HostGator approves affiliate account manually. So you need to wait for few days to get the approval. You will get an email notification after getting the approval.
Once your account has been approved, just log in to Impact Radius. And copy your affiliate link.
Then start promoting HostGator with this affiliate link. You can also consider cloaking the link by using Thirsty Affiliates.
Setting Up The Payment Method
HostGator Affiliate has two payment options – Electronic Funds Transfer and PayPal.
You can set your preferred payment method from ‘Withdrawal Settings’ under ‘Finance’ section in the header.
I personally prefer ‘Electronic Funds Transfer’ as PayPal is not available in my country.
Payoneer Global Payment Service offers a Virtual US Bank Account which can be used to get payment from Impact Radius.
How Much Can You Earn With HostGator Affiliate?
As the post title claims you can make $1000+/month with HostGator Affiliate Program, let’s see how it’s possible.
HostGator commission rate increases according to the number of referrals. The more you refer, the higher commission you get.
To make $1000/month from HostGator, you have to generate only 11 sales. And it’s not that tough.
You can get up to $125/sale for generating more than 21 affiliate sales.
7 Tips To Make Over $1000 From HostGator Affiliate
I’ve already talked about how to make money with Web Hosting Affiliate Program. Here I’d like to share some specific tips for HostGator Affiliate only.
1. Create Custom Coupon Code
HostGator allows you to create custom coupon codes for your readers. If someone uses your custom coupon code while signing up, you’ll get the commission regardless of whether the user followed your affiliate link or not.
Currently, you can create two types of coupon codes – 25% off on all web hosting plans and 60% off on all shared hosting plans.
Just go to ‘Promo Codes’ under ‘Ads’ menu and click on ‘Request Promo Code’.
On the next page, provide all the information and submit your request.
Once you get the approval, start promoting the coupon code on your blog.
2. Use Deep Linking
Deep Linking means creating a custom affiliate link for a specific page.
Let’s say you want to promote HostGator Optimized WordPress Hosting. In this case, it would be better for you to send the visitors to the WordPress Hosting page rather than on the homepage. It will increase the conversion rate.
You can create custom affiliate link from HostGator Affiliate Dashboard. Just enter the landing page and click on ‘Apply’.
Copy the link and start promoting the link on your blog.
3. Promote Special Days Offers
You can promote those offers on your blog. As most of the time, those discounts are huge, people don’t want to miss the chance. If you can promote those offers properly, you can expect some quick sales.
4. Write A Review
If you are a HostGator customer, share your hosting experience with your readers. Write an honest review and give some reasons why your readers should try HostGator hosting.
Never use too much promotional speech on your review post. It decreases your blog’s credibility.
Here’s my review on HostGator Baby Plan.
5. Write Affiliate Sales Generating Blog Posts
Writing a review is a great way to attract potential customers. But it’s not enough if you want to make passive income from HostGator Affiliate. On that case, you need to have more blog posts on HostGator.
Here’s a list of some specific types of blog posts that can help you to get more affiliate sales.
- “List of Alternatives” Post (Ex: Best Bluehost Alternatives)
- “Coupon Code & Sales” Post (Ex: HostGator Coupon Codes)
- “List of Best X or Best X for Y” Post (Ex: Best Cheap WordPress Hosting)
- “Comparison” Post (Ex: HostGator Vs Bluehost)
- “How To” Post (Ex: How To Install WordPress On HostGator)
There are just some examples. Try to come up with more ideas.
4. Use Banners on Header/Sidebar
HostGator has some awesome banners (See here). You can use those banners on your blog. These banners are highly optimized for conversion.
If your blog niche is not related to web hosting, you can use a small banner with text like Powered by HostGator, Hosted by HostGator, etc.
5. Offer Incentive
You might have already noticed that many bloggers offer Free WordPress Installation service. They will set up your WordPress blog, and in return, you have to buy hosting with their affiliate link. It’s a win-win situation.
You can also offer this type of incentive, not importantly this one. You can also offer a free premium theme, ebook, blog consultation, etc.
6. Ask For A Co-branded Landing Page
One of the best ways to increase affiliate sales is, having a co-branded landing page of your affiliate. Here’s our co-branded landing page of HostGator.
However, HostGator doesn’t provide a co-branded page to all their affiliates. You need to generate a good amount of affiliate sales to get this page.
So after getting some sales, ask your Affiliate Manager to provide a co-branded page. It will inevitably increase your affiliate sale.
Hope this post will help you to make money from HostGator Affiliate.
Do let us know if you know any other techniques to generate more sales. And if you found this post useful, please feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.
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